Committee on Natural Resources - mars-6:hrs06RES1324_100615 - Longworth 1324 - Ocean Science and Data Limits: Do NOAA and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Have the Resources? - Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Oversight. Today, day 57 of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Subcommittee continues its inquiry into the largest environmental disaster in United States history. Last week, we heard from distinguished panelists about the short- and the long-term impacts of the oil spill on trust resources, including fisheries, birds and other wildlife, marine mammals, tribal resources, protected fish and wildlife habitat, beaches, our coasts, and other natural areas. It was abundantly clear from that hearing that the communities that depend on these resources, from fishermen and hunters to the tourism industry, will be reeling from the impacts of this oil spill for decades. Today's hearing will investigate both what we know and what we do not know about the environment to guide the oil spill response and recovery activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Clearly, there is so much that we do not know because of the unprecedented scale and complexity of this oil spill. But some of these unknowns can be eliminated through transparent access to data and information, and adequate deployment of assets to measure and monitor the spill.
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